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Charleston Marches for the Health of Babies
Published:
5/2/2014 12:48:56 PM


 

On April 26th, hundreds joined together to raise more than $390,000 to help the March of Dimes continue working for stronger, healthier babies. Cannon Park was filled with strollers, families and teams to celebrate raising funds to help more babies be born healthy. Money raised from the event funds research, awareness, education and local community grants. "More than four million babies are born in the United State each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs," said Meredith Repik. "What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the successes of the March of Dimes than to bring together families and businesses to raise money to improve babies' lives."


Special guests at the day's events included the Kalergis family-the 2014 CHARLESTON Ambassadors and West Ashley High School marching band and Y102.5 provided music and entertainment to keep the energy high.


Premature birth affects more than 8,000 families in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.


During the event ceremonies, the top teams and individual fundraisers were honored. Top Team Awards included: First place fundraising team Publix Supermarkets raising over $100,000 in 3 weeks, 2nd place, MUSC and third place Robert BOSCH.   Individual walkers who raised $1,000 or more are recognized as the "Circle of Champions". This year's Circle of Champions for Charleston are:

Angel

Stanton

6640

Meredith

Repik

3015

Maria

Brennan

2530

Roger ( Thegosian )

Newman

2500

Alma

Dungee

2469

Todd

Crawford

2430

Oliver

Mathewes

2335

Wendy

Dieterlen

1798

Kelly

Loyd

1765

Arien

Kalergis

1563

Charles

Rittenberg

1335

JUSTIN

PESTERFIELD

1300

Betty Jo

Sneed

1225

Heather

Borden

1140

Mary

Whiteside

1115

Scott

Sullivan

1100

Zenobia

White

1075

Karen

Winningham

1047

Staci

Nye

1011

Kathy

Hall

1000

Kathy

Truluck

1000


Donations are still being accepted by calling the March of Dimes at 843-571-1776 or visitingwww.marchofdimes.com/southcarolina.

In Charleston, the March for Babies presenting sponsor was MUSC, other sponsors included:

East Cooper Medical Center

Select Health of South Carolina

Trident Medical Center

Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

Robert BOSCH

MUSC

KapStone

Santee Cooper

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Dixon Hughes

CIGNA

Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC

LimRic

Hometel


Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina's premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.


For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/southcarolina. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


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